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George
Centre Hastings, ON, Canada
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Posted on: 11/9/2017 8:34:58 AM
The National Film Board of Canada (NFB) is a national treasure that has produce hundreds of documentaries over the decades.

Many have won international awards.

Some are very short but effective and I saw one today that was quite good.

Only 9 minutes long, it is entitled Return to Vimy. The producer, Robert McCready is French and he was asked to do this by NFB.

So he poured over old footage from WW1 and digitized and colourized it. I saw an interview with McCready today and he described the technique used to expand the width of the footage and the process to colourize.

This isn't battle footage. Really there isn't a lot of that from WW1. It is about the preparation for the attack on Vimy with some wonderful old film.

A young woman tells your story of her pilgrimage to Vimy to find the name of her ancestor who has no known grave.

This is the NFB web site. Click on Return to Vimy.

There are other NFB productions there as well, for this week of remembrance.

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Cheers,

George


EDIT: I meant to mention that there is an excellent documentary about our indigenous warriors. Worth a look.

anemone
DONCASTER S. YORKS, UK
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Posted on: 11/9/2017 10:07:41 AM
The Battle of Vimy Ridge was a magnificent Canadan feat of arms.
Although the battle is not "generally" considered the greatest achievement of the Canadian Corps in strategic importance or results obtained.

It was however the very first first major action in which all four Canadian Infantry Divisions, made up of troops drawn from many parts of the country, fought as a cohesive formation.

The image of national unity and achievement is what, according to one of many recent patriotic narratives, initially gave the battle importance for Canada.I thought it was a masterpiece of military planning, Bravo Canada

Regards

Jim
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Pro Patria Saepe Pro Rege Semper

George
Centre Hastings, ON, Canada
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Posted on: 11/9/2017 10:21:43 AM
What did you think of the doc Jim? It's short and simple but I like the message of remembrance.

Welcome back BTW. You were missing for a few days. I trust that all is well.

Cheers,

George

anemone
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Posted on: 11/9/2017 10:45:36 AM
Thank you George-I thought the doc was honest and to the point.

PS I have been away in Tenerife for two weeks=came away the worse for we;; being --sunlight has virtually ruined what was left of my eyesight and am struggling.

Bests

Jim
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George
Centre Hastings, ON, Canada
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Posted on: 11/9/2017 12:45:24 PM
Sorry to hear that Jim. I hope that your holiday was otherwise, restful.

Stay the course now. You're still making your contributions.

Cheers,

George

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